You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me

You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me

Phish, Insane Clown Posse, And My Misadventures With Two Of Music's Most Maligned Tribes

Book - 2013
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A writer's journey with the fan bases of Phish and Insane Clown Posse describes his unexpected discovery of how both groups have tapped the human need for community, a finding that coincided with his diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451626889
1451626886
Branch Call Number: 782.42166
Characteristics: 261 pages ;,23 cm

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lukasevansherman
Nov 17, 2017

AV Club writer Nathan Rabin dives headfirst into the worlds of, in his words, two of the most "maligned tribes" in popular music: Phish fans and Insane Clown Posse fans, aka Juggalos. It's the kind of immersive journalism we associate with new journalists such as Hunter S. Thompson (the most obvious precedent) and Joan Didion. It's only half-successful, as Rabin shares way too much about his life. I have little but an anthropological interest in either of these bands, but I can appreciate their rabid fan base. The I.C.P. sections are more engaging, as they are stranger and more revealing (literally and figuratively) than the Phish sections, which mostly involve druggy types who dig long songs. I am still not "down with the clown," but ICP's "Miracles" is one of the most amazing videos of the past decade.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

For anyone looking for an impartial anthropological study of Phish heads and Juggalos, this is not quite it. Rabin provides a history of both bands, captures the details of their shows and festivals, and he talks to a great many fans, but this is ultimately an internal conflict we're dealing with.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/you_dont_know_me_rabin

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Bewlay
Dec 04, 2013

I liked the book even though I can't say I know much about Phish or Insane Clown Posse. People can relate to their rabid following (or not).

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